Alice reels from the latest gossip and Robert finds his Valentine plans thwarted
Alistair’s surprised to see Jakob in the office on a Sunday. He explains that he’s taken on some extra work. With Kate on a course, Jakob is relieved to have free rein of his flat again. Alistair asks Jakob for advice ahead of his review with Doug Lovell. His herd health package sign-up rate is thin. Jakob’s always been successful at signing up clients to the equine packages and offers him some advice.
Lynda and Robert watch a pair of blackbirds who are nesting in their paddock. Talk turns to Valentine’s Day and Lynda admits she’s agreed to work on that evening. She’s concocted a plan to send Tracy to The B’s Valentine event as a mole. Still, there’s no need to be constrained by dates. They take a leaf out of the blackbird’s book and decide to head home for some pair-bonding of their own.
Alice is sad that Spearmint has died, though he reached a good age. She’s decided to start competing on her new horse Banjo, to make the most of him. While Chris shoes Banjo, they discuss readings for Xander’s naming ceremony. Chris remarks to an exasperated Alice that maybe they’ll have a naming ceremony of their own to attend one day. Chris heads off for lunch with the Aldridges and swears he won’t mention Kate’s pregnancy. He just wonders how Jakob has taken the news…